KATRIN BLANTAR & KARIN CHENG
Voguing – More than Posing
We can all learn so much from the Voguing spirit: here every body is celebrated, the sensuality, the diversity, the mutual respect ... pure empowerment – as an overall experience, not at all self-centred, but always community-promoting. Highly recommended, also because of the disco and house beats!
ARTISTBIO: Katrin Blantar
Katrin Blantar aka La Draganda is a dancer, dance teacher and soon-to-be anthropologist who calls Vienna home. She is especially interested in the social phenomena and contexts around dance, music and performance. Katrin lived in the United States for several years, allowing her to better understand the art form from within. In New York, she discovered her affinity and passion for Voguing and Ballroom Culture in the Underground House Music Scene. Amongst her mentors and sources of inspiration are Archie Burnett (Grandfather/House of Ninja), Benny Ninja, Krystine Walker (Mother/House of Harlets).
In 2014, she founded the platform Voguing in Vienna with the aim to connect people in Vienna who share an interest in Voguing culture and to organise training sessions to strengthen the platform and community. Austria’s first Voguing House, Kiki House of ViVi, soon came to life. Katrin – La Draganda is Mother of the Kiki House of ViVi. In 2015, she organised the first Voguing event/ball together with PLENVM Ninja and the collective.
In the last 20 years, her work as a dancer, dance teacher and choreographer has taken her to Australia, Africa, the US and Europe. She has performed at international dance festivals, such as the Nightfestival of the National Museum Singapore, ImPulsTanz Festival, International Culture Festival Kampala (Uganda), Under the Weather Festival (Sydney, AU), TanzHerbst Dresden (DE), Ladies of Hip Hop Festival (NYC, US; Vienna, AT), Winter Music Conference (Miami, US), House Dance International (NYC, US), DUMBO Dance Festival (NYC, US) and the WAVE RISING Series Festival (NYC, US), Lincoln Center – Out of Doors (NYC, US).
In 2015, she choreographed and performed for Conchita Wurst as part of the Eurovision Song Contest. In recent years, Katrin has also done choreographic work for theatre productions at the Dschungel Wien and the Kosmos Theater in Vienna and has been invited to hold workshops at various institutions.
Last update: 02.04.2019
ARTISTBIO: Karin Cheng
Dancer, dance facilitator, choreographer & aspiring DJ
Due to her educational proximity to visual arts and music, it was possible for Karin Cheng to express herself creatively from an early age on. Traditionally, Chinese cultures and European worlds were mixed because of her personal path, which led to an early fascination with the fusion of different views and realities of life. This speaks through her as an artist to this day. In her teenage years, she discovered African American cultures through her identification with music, because racism was and is heavily discussed in this culture. Later through dance, she established a deep connection to funk and house and their various mergers and subgenres. In order to continuously develop her understanding and connection to African American and Chinese cultures, she has spent a lot of time in China and New York in recent years. There she was taughed by the pioneers such as Archie Burnett, Danielle Polanco, Chrybaby Cozy, Keenen, Cecilia Marta, Big Mike, Omari Oricci etc.
She is the founder of "Kiki house of dive" & "freshly danced". With these platforms, Karin strives to inspire a community in Vienna that lives, respects and celebrates diversity.
Last update: 08.07.2020